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Coyotes goalie Mike Smith suffers lower body injury vs. Rangers

The Coyotes' Mike Smith had to be helped off the ice against the Rangers. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) The Coyotes' Mike Smith had to be helped off the ice against the Rangers. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

By Mike McMahon

The Phoenix Coyotes' road to the playoffs may have just gotten a little more difficult after goaltender Mike Smith had to be helped off the ice in the third period of Monday night's game against the New York Rangers.

The injury occurred when Smith got tangled up with Rangers forward Derick Brassard. The two fell to the ice and it appeared that Smith landed quite awkwardly on his right leg.

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Smith currently leads all goalies in games played with 62 and has been a vital part of the late-season playoff push by the Coyotes, who currently sit in the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

How much time the 32-year-old will miss has yet to be determined

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